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Mar 2012

Postoperative Complications and Follow-up After Glaucoma Surgery

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Author Affiliations: Department of Ophthalmology, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, England.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(3):402-403. doi:10.1001/archopthalmol.2011.1830

We read with interest the recent article titled “Postoperative Complications After Glaucoma Surgery for Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma vs Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma” by Tan et al.1 In their article focusing on postoperative complications, the authors failed to address 2 essential issues.

First, they did not include the number of patients who had lost 2 or more Snellen lines of visual acuity or lost vision completely. Also, cataract development following trabeculectomy was not included in their list of postoperative complications. Loss of vision from any cause is a complication of glaucoma surgery, is significant for the patient, and should be reported.

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